The University of St. Thomas (UST) in Houston has been rapidly expanding its science, technology, engineering and math programs (STEM), reported the Houston Chronicle last week. The expansion is reportedly a result of both societal need and student demand. Over the past five years, UST experienced a 75 percent increase in STEM fields, pre-medical, and nursing program participation. According to the Chronicle, the University regards this growth as a service to the broader community.
University President Robert Ivany told the Chronicle that through its programs UST can provide an “ethical base” for bio-research and create doctors and nurses who “really care for their patients.” He continued, “If our graduates can think critically and communicate effectively, lead ethically and succeed professionally, gosh, we'll be doing a great service for Houston.” Additionally, the University reported to the Chronicle that its programs prepare students with a unique foundation in philosophy, theology, literature, and the liberal arts that other schools cannot match.
UST pre-medical program students experience a 73 percent acceptance rate into medical school, a number well-above the national average, reported the Chronicle.
Part of the University’s expansion includes a master’s in clinical translation management, previously covered by The Cardinal Newman Society. The program focuses on bringing new products and technologies from the research lab into medical field markets. "It could really change the way the health system operates,” Beena George, dean of UST’s Cameron School of Business said. "It's just good for everyone. If you want to change Houston, if you want to change health care, if you're ready to take that big step for mankind, then this is the program. We're looking for a field of people who want to change the world."
The University of St. Thomas in Houston is recommended in The Newman Guide for its strong Catholic identity.
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